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About Study Abroad in California Community Colleges

Community College Study Abroad Programs provide instruction by accredited faculty to community college students in foreign locations. Programs range from single-subject two-week courses for minimal credit to full semester with a full academic load with instruction in arts, foreign languages, humanities, natural and physical sciences, social sciences, and occupational fields. Travel and living arrangements are typically arranged by the college, a 3rd party provider, or both.

Study Abroad is distinct from study tours in that they have a university accredited curriculum, that frequently matches transfer requirements and provides WSCH based funding (ADA).  Similar to regularly scheduled classes, study abroad provides the college with state funding based on an established ratio of faculty to student contact hours. As such, study abroad class hours must match the state-mandated measurement of teacher-to-student contact hours per unit per semester.

Study Abroad adheres to the community college "open door" philosophy, as it includes all ages, aptitudes and backgrounds without sacrificing academic standards. Students are not denied an academic experience since they have a choice of taking classes either abroad or on-campus since a domestic section is always offered.  Therefore there is no exclusion to academic experience. As in all academic programs, some pre-requisites may exist, but for the most part, neither GPA, campus standing, nor disabilities can figure into admittance into the study abroad program. Finally, community colleges are bound by their mission to offer high-quality and low cost academic programs which enables opportunities for all students to participate. The open access philosophy makes study abroad accessible to many students who would not otherwise participate in these educational endeavors. The diversity of students, and the academic open access policy does not fit a traditional higher educational profile for study abroad.

Indeed, community colleges have become the place to expand opportunities and challenge the notion of higher education as an elitist venture intended for only the few and are significantly impacting the field of study abroad.

Diversity Issues: Community college student population mirrors a multicultural and multiethnic mixture of local communities. Therefore, community colleges tend to serve a greater proportion of lower income and minority students than in any other post-secondary institution. This is also evident in study abroad programs offered by community colleges.

Benefits of Study Abroad for California Community Colleges

Benefits: Numerous studies confirm the benefits gained from studying abroad for all students, and especially for under-represented students. Benefits for all students from studying aboard include definite changes in perception and attitude towards global relationships, increased empathy towards politics and social service, significant learning curve growth in interpersonal skills, academic performance and reduction of cultural stereotypes. While short-term programs may not allow beginning language learners to gain in terms of grammar skills, they do gain in life experiences. For 1st generation or immigrant students, all forms of study abroad provide an opportunity to re-learn their own cultures and histories. For students who have not traveled beyond their own neighborhoods, studying abroad becomes a life altering experience. In addition, Study Abroad is typically looked upon favorably by universities and employers.

Study abroad is a recognized investment in the future ability of the student to interact in our multicultural world and assists them as they transfer to a four-year institution or as they proceed into the workplace environment. Most importantly, however, is that what benefits four-year college students in terms of study abroad also benefits community college students.

Regional Consortia based on Local Geography

Many CCIE member colleges belong to other consortia that specifically emphasize study abroad cooperatives, and which have ties to single study-abroad contractors. There is no conflict of interest in belonging to CCIE and to these other study-abroad consortia:

  • Foothill Consortium for Study Abroad, includes: Antelope Valley College, College of the Canyons, Citrus College, Crafton Hills College, MiraCosta College, Mt. San Antonio College, Palomar College, Rio Hondo College, San Bernardino Valley College, Victor Valley College. Citrus College is the fiscal agent and lead college;
  • Northern California Study Abroad Consortium (NCSAC) : Santa Rosa Junior College, Contra Costa District; San Mateo District; Los Rios District;
  • Study Abroad Consortium of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Community College Association: MiraCosta College, Miramar College, Mesa College, San Diego City College, Grossmont College, Southwestern College, and Imperial Valley College;

Financing Study Abroad

Many study abroad programs include the cost of tuition, housing, meals and academic courses as part of the program price. Some programs include airfare as well in the program price. To help you relate, add up the current costs of your tuition, books, rent, meals and extracurricular activities and use that as a benchmark against your desired study abroad program.

Looking for study abroad scholarships? Visit our Faculty Grants & Student Scholarships section.

Study Abroad Student Profiles

The following depicts the approximation of percentage of students who utilized financial aid for their study abroad experience for 2004-2005 and the number of participating study abroad students who are minority students for 2004-2005

Percentage of Students who utilize Financial Aid to Study Abroad

FINANCIAL AID RECIPIENTS 2004-2005

3 colleges had 5-10% of their students utilizing financial aid for the Fall semester
13 colleges had 19 - 33% of their students utilizing financial aid for the Fall semester
7 colleges had 50 - 70% of their students utilizing financial aid for the Fall semester
2 colleges had 100% of their students utilizing financial aid for the Fall semester

3 colleges had 3 - 10% of their students utilizing financial aid for the Spring semester
10 colleges had 25 - 35% of their students utilizing financial aid for the Spring semester
4 colleges had 40 - 50% of their students utilizing financial aid for the Spring semester
5 colleges had 75 - 100% of their students utilizing financial aid for the Spring semester

7 colleges had 0 - 4% of their students utilizing financial aid for the Summer Session
4 colleges had 15 - 20% of their students utilizing financial aid for the Summer Session
6 colleges had 43 - 50 % of their students utilizing financial aid for the Summer Session
1 college had 75% of their students utilizing financial aid for the Summer Session

Minority Enrollment in Study Abroad

MINORITY STUDENTS 2004-2005

8 colleges had 1 - 10% of their students classified as minorities for the Fall Semester
5 colleges had 20 - 25% of their students classified as minorities for the Fall Semester
7 colleges had 42 - 53% of their students classified as minorities for the Fall Semester
2 colleges had 650% of their students classified as minorities for the Fall Semester
2 colleges had 100% of their students classified as minorities for the Fall Semester

7 colleges had 1 - 10% of their students classified as minorities for the Spring Semester
3 colleges had 20-25% of their students classified as minorities for the Spring Semester
6 colleges had 42-53% of their students classified as minorities for the Spring Semester
2 colleges had 65% of their students classified as minorities for the Spring Semester
2 colleges had 100% of their students classified as minorities for the Spring Semester

12 colleges had 10 -15% of their students classified as minorities for the Summer Session
3 colleges had 32% of their students classified as minorities for the Summer Session
10 colleges had 50 -65% of their students classified as minorities for the Summer Session
4 colleges had 75% of their students classified as minorities for the Summer Session

Health & Safety Issues Related to Study Abroad

The following websites contain important health and safety information for students wishing to travel abroad. Please be sure to educate yourself about possible health and safety risks that may be applicable to the country(ies) travel destination:

General Information Related to Study Abroad

Please refer to the following websites to obtain further information on traveling abroad:

Study Abroad and Credit Pay

Study Abroad faculty at some community colleges get paid the amount of pay as if they were teaching the course on campus and follow all other rules regarding how that pay is computed for their particular instructional divisions.

Some colleges hire host country faculty to teach courses abroad. In that case, they are treated as a regular adjunct faculty member and run their credentials through the college’s in-house Faculty Senate procedures that determine equivalencies and ability to teach subjects. They get paid the hourly rate based on the college’s pay scale for adjuncts. Since they do not have a Social Security Number, they get paid by means of a Personal Service Agreement.

Some college have a Director for each program that is offered abroad. That individual is paid the equivalent of 3 units of pay for lecture. If there are more than 1 faculty teaching (i.e. 3 class, 3 faculty) then the units are split. However, each faculty is required specific duties while abroad in terms of supervision, availability, logistics etc. There is no monetary compensation for work done prior to the trip as that is considered part of the faculty’s commitment to recruit and make the program happen.

Some colleges pay their faculty in terms of length of time abroad. 1 week course would receive 1 unit of pay; 2 weeks, 2 units of pay; 3 weeks or more, 3 units of pay.

Providers, Travel Agents

According to the Professional and Business Code in California:

Provider provides all travel/logistical arrangements and the college provides the instruction. The Business held by the Provider should hold a set amount of money in liability insurance. Best practice suggests $ 2million (although some colleges have $ 10 - $ 15 million as their minimum). In addition, the college should be named as co-insured and it should be specified that any lawsuits will be adjudicated in the U.S. and not in the other country.

Sponsors

HTH Worldwide HTH Worldwide HealthSelect Overseas

HTH Worldwide provides health insurance plans and global medical assistance services for students abroad. HTH programs are distinguished by a contracted community of over 5,000 hospitals and doctors in 180 countries. HTH combines its health and safety research, advanced Internet and mobile applications, and extensive experience in designing and delivering international health insurance plans to ensure customers’ health, safety and peace of mind.

 

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s proven English language test. IELTS was one of the pioneers of four skills English language testing over 21 years ago, and continues to set the standard for English language testing today. IELTS is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by over 8,000 organisations worldwide. Last year, more than 2 million tests were taken globally. IELTS is recognised as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation. IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment through more than 900 test centres and locations in over 130 countries.

 

 

 
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